American Places: A Writer's Pilgrimage to 16 of This Country's Most Visited and Cherished Sites

April 1, 2007|
American Places: A Writer's Pilgrimage to 16 of This Country's Most Visited and Cherished Sites by William Zinsser
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"This inspiring guide includes places everyone means to go to some day, all described with the usual clarity of the author of On Writing Well."- The New York Times "A fascinating take on 'the search for memory' and how certain places have come to symbolize deep American principles."- Kirkus Reviews Setting out in the spring of 1990 "to look for America," when patriotic travel was suddenly back in fashion, William Zinsser made first-time pilgrimages to some of our nation's most cherished and visited historic sites: Mount Rushmore, Rockefeller Center, Yellowstone National Park, Pearl Harbor, even the "corny and obvious" Niagara Falls. At these and his other iconic destinations, Zinsser unlearned cliched assumptions and rediscovered fundamental truths about America. Originally published in 1992, American Places and the ideals that Zinsser discovers these places represent will never go out of fashion. I like the idea of pilgrimages, and when I thought about those pilgrims I realized that I had a deprived childhood. My sisters and I were never hauled around America and shown the great monuments and parks that were our heritage. . . . Nor did I attend schools that organized class trips to historic sites . . . I went through life history-illiterate, loving my country in principle but wanting to be spared the boring details. William Zinsser is a writer, editor, and teacher. His seventeen books include the best-selling classic On Writing Well. He now teaches at The New School in New York, his hometown, and at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Title:American Places: A Writer's Pilgrimage to 16 of This Country's Most Visited and Cherished SitesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:196 pages, 8 X 5.3 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:196 pages, 8 X 5.3 X 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 2007Publisher:Paul Dry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:158988034X

ISBN - 13:9781589880344

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